Recent News

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 CAPE Acorn Blue Sky Research Award.

This year there are two winning projects:

1. Full 360° 3D Light Field Capture and Display System by Özgür YONTEM & Kun LI

2. Liquid crystal on SI with Carbon nanotube IC driver by Guofnag ZHONG.

Congratulations to the winners!

A ‘head-up’ display for passenger vehicles developed at Cambridge, the first to incorporate holographic techniques, has been incorporated  into Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

Cambridge researchers have developed a new type of head-up display for vehicles which is the first to use laser holographic techniques to  project information such as speed, direction and navigation onto the windscreen so the driver doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road.  The technology – which was conceptualised in the University’s Department of Engineering more than a decade ago – is now available on  all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. According to the researchers behind the technology, it is another step towards cars which provide a fully  immersive experience, or could even improve safety by monitoring driver behaviour.

“We’re moving towards a fully immersive driver experience in cars, and we think holographic technology could be a big part of that, by providing important information, or even by encouraging good driver behaviour,” said one of the technology’s developers, Professor Daping Chu of the University’s Department of Engineering, who is also Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE).

To see more:

Cambridge University News:

Department of Electrical Engineering News:

(Article: Sarah Collins, Communications Office, Cambridge University)

CAPE is inviting CUED post-graduate students, either individually or in small teams, to participate in the new CAPE Acorn Post-graduate Award 2016 by submitting a research idea on any engineering-related topic addressing a technological or societal need. The Award includes funding support for a short project of 3 months’ duration to run in parallel with their current research and post-grad studies.

All participants must have the approval of their Supervisor.

Closing date for submission:     Monday 18 January 2016

For further details on how to apply, the Call can be downloaded here.


CAPE Office


Monday 12 October 2015                                                                             2:00pm    Seminar Room                                                           Electrical Engineering, Dept. of Engineering 9 JJ Thomson Avenue

  Speaker: Carlos Lee, Director General of EPIC

EPIC – European Photonics Industry Consortium Everyone is welcome. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided from 1:45pm.   Abstract:

Photonics is one of the six key enabling technologies recognized by the European Commission, and is well placed to address our most pressing societal challenges. There is no doubt that photonics is revolutionizing the world and will have an influence similar to the semiconductor industry. Photonics includes all technologies that use light, create light, detect light, or modify light. Photonics is having a profound impact on a very diverse range of applications such as agriculture, energy, entertainment, life science, transport, security, etc. The photonics industry is very rich in Europe with more than 5000 companies, but as an emerging industry, most of these companies are small and young.

The presentation will address a variety of topics including technology applications, markets, and opportunities for Europe with regards to manufacturing, competitiveness, industrialization, collaboration, employment, and regional economic impact.

Carlos Lee is Director General at EPIC, Europe’s photonics industry association. As part of the EPIC mission, Carlos works closely with industrial photonic companies to ensure a vibrant and competitive ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement.

He brings with him a strong background in microelectronics which was acquired through several management positions held at the international association SEMI. He has been responsible in Europe for the SEMI International Standards program, managed technical and executive programs, and together with the advisory board advocated for a more competitive semiconductor and photovoltaic manufacturing industry.

On 30 July Carl Zeiss Microscopy held a celebratory event in the Department of Engineering to mark the 50th anniversary of the first commercial scanning electron microscope. The event was attended by about 50 people involved in various stages of the SEM, from the early days of Cambridge Instrument Company in mid ‘60s to the current time. More details can be found at the following web links of the company and Cambridge News:

Carl Zeiss Microscopy Ltd. became a CAPE Associate company in February 2007 and since then it has been providing the University with equipment and associate services to further respective interests in the field of nanotechnology.

From left to right: Bernie Breton and Dick Paden